Tyrese Gibson and two of his friends, Manuel Hernandez and Eric Mora, are suing Home Depot for $1 million over what they describe as a case of racial profiling that happened in a shop in the Los Angeles region. The claimed event allegedly occurred on February 11 in the evening. Gibson, who is most known for his part in the famed Fast and Furious series, claims that the event started at a Home Depot checkout station where the group had an unanticipated wait caused by what was described as a “purported glitch in the system.” This delay, which lasted around twenty minutes, caught the attention of a large crowd. Gibson opted to leave the store and wait in his car while Mora and Hernandez stayed to complete the transactions because he felt uneasy.
The cashier allegedly “acknowledged Gibson and said he understood,” the lawsuit stated: “Gibson asked the cashier if the cashier needed anything further from him to complete the transaction. The cashier said no, and that Gibson could leave.” But when Gibson’s two friends attempted to utilize Gibson’s credit card, the cashier “refused to complete the purchase transaction.”
According to Variety, “The cashier gave no reasonable explanation other than repeating ‘store policy’ and demanded to see a form of identification,” the complaint says. “The manager refused to speak with Gibson in person. It was only after a significant heated discussion with the cashier that Gibson was finally able to complete the transaction.”
The grievance adds, “The actions of the cashier and manager were discriminatory based on race and origin. A Home Depot delegate told Variety, “Diversity and respect for all people are core to who we are, and we do not tolerate discrimination in any form. We value Mr. Gibson as a customer, and in the months since this happened, we’ve reached out to him and his attorneys several times to try to resolve his concerns. We will continue to do so.”
There is no other plausible explanation for the mistreatment of Plaintiffs. The transaction was refused, despite Gibson’s repeated authorizations, because of the Plaintiffs’ skin color and, in the case of Mora and Hernandez, also because of their national origin. This is a clear and deplorable instance of discriminatory mistreatment and consumer racial profiling. The treatment of Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez by The Home Depot was humiliating and demeaning.”